Sigurður Gylfi Magnússon is an Icelandic historian and chair of the Center for Microhistorical Research at the Reykjavik Academy in Iceland. He graduated from the University of Iceland and defended his doctoral dissertation at Carnegie Mellon University in the USA in 1993. In his research Dr. Magnusson has focused on popular culture as it is expressed in life writing and other personal sources (first person sources), but also on the methodological issues concerning memory, ideology, and historical inquiry in modern scholarship. He is the founder of a book series called "Anthology from Icelandic Popular Culture", and he has led a group of scholars who have used and developed microhistorical approach in historical research in Iceland.
Natalie Zemon Davis (born November 8, 1928) is an American feminist and historian of early modern France.
Born in Detroit, she graduated from Cranbrook Kingswood School. She is professor ermerita of history at Princeton and currently adjunct professor at the University of Toronto, Canada. She is married to mathematician and science fiction writer Chan Davis. Her main interests are in social and cultural history, especially of those previously ignored by historians. Davis makes use of numerous sources such as judicial records, plays, pamphlets, notarial records, tax rolls, books and welfare documents. She is a leading proponent of cross-disciplinary history, which consists of combining history with disciplines as anthropology, art history, ethnography and literacy theory. She is best known for serving as the technical advisor on the 1982 French film Le retour de Martin Guerre (known in English as The Return of Martin Guerre); in 1983 she wrote a book of the same name with her interpretation of the story of Martin Guerre.
Davis is a great believer in the possibility of multiple and mutually incomparable "truths" co-existing besides one another. She believes that the use of fiction could explain the past better than the traditional reliance on veritable facts. For this reason, Davis feels film with its ability to tell different versions of the same story and to present multiple viewpoints could potentially explain history better than can the traditional methods of history. Sometimes, her work features "interviews" in which she holds imaginary conversations with the subjects of her books.
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Carlo Ginzburg is a noted historian and pioneer of microhistory.
Born 1939 in Italy, received a PhD from the University of Pisa in 1961. Occupied teaching positions at the University of Bologna and since 1988 at the University of California, Los Angeles. Field of interests range from the Italian Renaissance to Early Modern European History, a leader in microhistory methodologies. He is most famous for his ground-breaking book The Cheese and the Worms: The Cosmos of a Sixteenth Century Miller which looked at the life of a peasant in Montereale Valcellina, Italy. In The Night Battles and Ecstasies he traced a complex path from certain European witch persecutions to the Benandanti, to a wide variety of practices which he describes as evidence of a substrate of shamanic cults in Europe. His 1999 work The Judge and the Historian sought to expose injustice in the trial of Adriano Sofri, though it failed to win a new trial.
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Liv Egholm is working at The Copenhagen Business School, at the department for European Cultural Studies and affiliated to the Centre for History, University of Southern Denmark. She graduated from the University of Southern Denmark in 1997 and defended her Ph.D. thesis; “Travel Accounts as Cultural Signs. A microhistorian analysis about the meaning of the “meeting” in theory and praxis”, at University of Southern Denmark in 2005. In her research she has focused on theoretical and methodological issues of microhistory and post-structuralistic theories, and she has introduced the Microhistorical frame in Denmark from 1994. Her empirical research has mainly focused on popular culture based on travel accounts from renaissance Italy and has worked with the understanding of Identity and Self in cultural encounters in general.
Moscow State University
Michael Harbsmeier, born 1951 in West Germany, emigrated to Denmark in 1970 to learn Danish and study anthropology at the University of Copenhagen. After quite a number of different fellowships and teaching jobs in anthropology and history at the universities of Copenhagen, Aarhus, Florence, Bergen, and Odense he came to Roskilde University in early 2000. His main research interests and many publications have do to with the history and prehistory of anthropology and ethnography, the development of travel literature in early modern Europe and in various traditions outside of Europe, questions of literacy and more generally the role of (images of) other cultures for the construction of social identities in our own and other societies in the past and in the present. http://www.ruc.dk/hist/ansatte/vip/Harbsmeier/
Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales
University of Duisburg-Essen
University of Trondheim
University of California, Davis
Western Michigan University
University of Venice
University of Helsinki
University of California, Los Angeles